Not Today

A million things to do today,
A million things to do!
And that is why I say, my child,
I cannot play with you.

Tomorrow? Yes, you know I’ll try,
I’ll try my very best,
But you know what your daddy’s like,
Especially when he’s stressed.

Just give me time to get things done,
And then for sure we’ll play,
But when I ask you, how you’ve grown!
You say, “Another day.”

2019 Β© Sonya Annita Song

78 thoughts on “Not Today

  1. I love it Sonya 🐺❀️🌹

    1. That means a lot to me. Thank you. πŸ˜ŠπŸŒΈπŸ’œ

      1. You’re mist welcome anytime ☺️🌹❀️

  2. Similar to that old song “Cat’s in the Cradle”, and my life.

    1. I just went and read the lyrics for that song, and you are completely correct: it has the same theme and even “not today” in it. I only knew the chorus of the song before and had no idea what “cats in the cradle and silver spoons” were referring to, (a lot of songs are like that for me), but maybe I subconsciously absorbed the message. I am sorry to hear that your life has been like this, but I can empathize, as I am sure many others can as well.

  3. Great poem, and the source of such a lot of guilt – so easy to prioritize the wrong things. And so easy to feel guilty afterward!

    1. Yes, the things we take for granted today will be gone tomorrow.

      1. πŸ˜₯ this is one of the things about life that I find the saddest.

        1. Which is why we should always try not to take things for granted in the present. πŸ’š

  4. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’• beautifully done, Cubby!

    1. The first line was stuck in my head and wouldn’t go away until I wrote it down. The rest followed shortly after. Glad you liked it! πŸ™‚

  5. Awe so well put. and so true. πŸ’œπŸ˜

    1. Unfortunately, yes. πŸŒΈπŸ’š

  6. And I’m hearing “Cat’s in the Cradle” in the back of my mind,
    A song about the passage of time,
    The loss of a chance to share with a son
    His childhood, before his manhood’s begun.

    In the push to provide material needs,
    The father forgets what a young boy needs:
    A walk, a game, a little love, time.
    All reflected in your sad rhyme.

    A sad but very good write, Cubby.

    1. I am so delighted to get an impromptu poem from you! I love what you wrote.

      I honestly had no idea what the song was talking about before until I looked up the lyrics last night after someone pointed out the similarity. It seemed like a whole bunch of gibberish about cats in cradles, silver spoons, blue boys, and moon men. I suffer from lyrical deafness, so I can often only pick out the chorus. πŸ™‚

      1. 😊

  7. Enjoyed it! Your poem takes me back to a famous Harry Chapin song, “The Cat’s in the Cradle.”

    1. Yeah, I think I’m the last person in the world to understand what that song was talking about until last night when I googled the lyrics. It’s a beautiful song. I don’t know why I never googled the lyrics before. πŸ™‚

  8. Heartfelt for I was that son and you’ll never get everything done because life is every day then one day it goes away let not your perceived needs overshadow a life love deed never once can you preceded after the death angel ends all deeds.

    1. That was well said! Indeed! πŸ™‚

  9. This is so beautiful written. We reap what we sow. I give my best to spend time with my kids. They grow too fast.

    1. It sounds like you are a wonderful father. If only more parents were like that. πŸ™‚

      1. I try to be Sonya. Thank you

  10. The last line is so wistful and regretting of the time lost, it’s sad. I can’t really relate because I’m not married but I do have a niece. And these past two months that she’s been growing away from me, it pains me that she’s having crucial developments (like her teeth coming out) in her little form without me there to witness it. 😿

    1. From what you described, it sounds like you can relate to how quickly children grow and how easy it is to miss out on precious moments. I hope you have more opportunities to spend time with your niece and to create beautiful memories with her. 🌸

      1. I hope I do too. InshaAllah πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. 😊🌸

  11. 😭

    1. Awww no crying. πŸŒΈπŸ’šπŸ˜œ

  12. A good reminder to all of us of what is really important and how quickly life passes us by.

    1. I’m glad you think so. 😊🌸

  13. I never had time for my daughters growing up! Work you know!

    But with my grandsons I was there through all their stages!

    Crawling, walking, talking … every stage!

    I gained little of value from my work life!

    But untold riches from my grandsons!

    1. That last line – “untold riches from my grandsons” – is beautiful. I am so glad you are able to receive these blessings now. πŸ™‚

      1. πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ

  14. Hi I thought of the song The Cat’s Cradle…when I read your poem. Oh FYI there is a rapper in Portland that only raps about his five cats…I heard him on I think MPR on Saturday night. Google him. Didn’t catch his name sorry he was pretty fun listening to .

    1. I’ve never heard of a rapper only rapping about cats. That sounds very intriguing. I very well might give him a listen. Thanks for the heads up! πŸ™‚

  15. I got chills, Cubs. πŸŒ¨β„β›„

    I thought of “Cat’s I The Cradle, ” too, which is appropriate for you. πŸ±πŸ›

    1. I thought there were multiple cats in the cradle, but it looks like just one. Oh well. All mine.

      1. Be careful what you wish for. Once upon a time, our neighbors moved and left their cats without fixing them. They multiplied rapidly. Somebody from an animal group came around and fed them for a while and spayed or neutered most of them. Then, left them. My mom ended up feeding, I want to say, 9-12 cats for years. One had two more litters before my dad caught her and got her spayed. That was in addition to the four other rescue cats in the home. The strays lived outside, but it was a cat paradise.

        1. That’s a lot of cats. I’m perfectly happy with being the only cat in the cradle, so I don’t need more cats. I do, however, need a bigger cradle for the dinosaur. πŸ±β€πŸ‰

          1. LOL! Yeah, cats aren’t really pack animals. I imagine the dino requires a lot of cradle.

            1. Yeah, not exactly the most compact animal to be riding around.

              1. That’s why Fred only rode one for work and drove around on his two feet.

                1. Well, that makes total sense! Unfortunately, once you go dino, it’s hard to go back to paws.

                  1. And the shear awesomeness of Dinocat!

                    1. πŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸ±β€πŸ‰πŸ˜Š

  16. Sorry you can’t come out and play today but we look forward to playing with you.

  17. So true and beautifully well written. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you for your kind words! 😊🌸

  18. Love this poem – its so true and authentic! One of my goals this year is to make it a point to spend more time with my son. Thanks for the awesome writing.

    1. I’m glad to hear you have such a wonderful goal! I hope you are able to spend a lot of quality time with your son this year. πŸ™‚

  19. So many generations cycling through the cycle. Yet so often they look so similar. Nice one. Thanks for sharing.

    1. And thank you for reading! πŸ™‚

  20. Thought provoking, for sure. ❀️

    1. I’m glad you think so! Thank you! 😊🌸

  21. This is absolutely lovely, the lines are wonderful. Beautifully written!
    YonnieπŸ€—πŸ™πŸ’œ

    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you think so. πŸ˜ŠπŸŒΈπŸ’š

      1. Most definitely! BlessingsπŸ™!!
        πŸ™πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ

        1. You always make me smile. πŸ˜ŠπŸŒΈπŸ’š

          1. The feeling is mutual! Thank You!
            πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ’œ

            1. Awww πŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸ’– paw prints into my heart

              1. Awww…. πŸ₯° I love those paw 🐾 prints, they are the cutest!
                πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ’œ

  22. It never ends . Always busy. This is so relatable . Love this

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you think so. πŸ™‚

  23. This broke my heart in the most beautiful way πŸ’”β€οΈ

    1. What a beautiful way to phrase it. Thank you. πŸ™‚

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